Steve Herbst has been dazzling audiences
with his artistic whistling for over 48 years. A remarkable three-octave range
on his "instrument" matches his enormous stylistic range, which encompasses classical
music, jazz, blues, pop, and Broadway. His virtuostic control of pitch and powerful
lyricism combine to produce a quality of expression that is rare among musicians
at large, let alone whistlers in particular. At the 2002 International
Whistlers Competition held annually in Louisburg, North Carolina, Steve
won the International Grand Champion Prize,
placing first in the classical category and second in the popular music category,
a testament to his enormous versatility. At both the 2003 and 2004 Convention,
Steve was awarded the prize of North American Champion
as well as the coveted title, "International Whistling
Entertainer of the Year", the most prestigious award in this entertainment
venue, which he has just won again in 2005 for an unprecendented third time. The award acknowledges not just his competitive excellence, but his winning
international acceptance for this musical art form wherever he performs: clubs,
churches, festivals, plus television and radio media. Steve lives his motto, "
whistling is an idea whose time has returned!"
Steve has been featured
on "The Today Show", "Sunday
Morning with Charles Osgood", "Eyewitness News",
and "World News Now", plus CNN.
On July 4th, he whistled the national anthem on CBS-TV's
"Early Show" and "whistled out" the New Year's Eve show
of Good Morning America. Other performances
have included The Kennedy Center (Millennium),
Carnegie Hall, and Avery
Fisher Hall, where he recently performed as a soloist with the Little
Orchestra Society. Steve also recently performed in front of an audience
of 1800 for a St. Patricks Day breakfast hosted by New York Governor
George Pataki. He has also whistled on radio and TV commercials, including
a national spot for Verizon,
and is currently starring in a new campaign launch for Eight
O'Clock Coffee. In addition to his numerous print features, Parade
Magazine featured Steve as one of its "Best
Some of the local and international radio appearances
have included: Voice of America,
BBC (London), the XM and Sirius
Satellite Radio networks, Scott & Todd's "Big
Show" on WPLJ-FM, WNYC's
"New York & Company" (with Leonard Lopate) and "Soundcheck"
(with John Schaefer), "Rambling With Gambling",
Warren Levinson's AP Radio Networks Show, "Joe
Franklin's Memory Lane", "The Joey Reynolds'
Show", "The Opie & Anthony Radio Show",
and "Knock on Wood" on NPR.
In addition, he has performed in New York with Les
Paul and his trio at the Iridium Jazz Club
on Broadway, Ashford & Simpson's Sugar Bar and
the legendary Cotton Club in Harlem.
Born into a musical family and inspired by his father who played several instruments,
sang, (and was himself a very good whistler), Steve began whistling as a young
boy, practicing, as any serious young music student would his or her instrument,
to develop range, tone, and quality. Already performing as a singer at age 7 (frequently
to audiences of 1000 or more), he started whistling in concerts while a singing
soloist with the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club,
often called upon to simulate flutes and recorders, once performing for visiting
royalty. In fact, listeners often say they "can hear singing" in his whistling.
Pedestrians in the crowded streets of Manhattan have been known to follow
him for blocks a la the "pied piper," drawn by his music. For those unfamiliar
with this unusual, so-called "lost" art form, set any pre-conceived notions aside,